Grand Canyon Unified School District #4 Student/Parent Handbook 2020-2021 - Revision 1.2 Approved, August 19, 2020 - Grand Canyon ...

 
Grand Canyon Unified School District #4 Student/Parent Handbook 2020-2021 - Revision 1.2 Approved, August 19, 2020 - Grand Canyon ...
Grand Canyon Unified School District #4

       Student/Parent Handbook

                 2020-2021
               Revision 1.2
         Approved, August 19, 2020

         "Moccasins" by Cayli Miles, 2020.
Grand Canyon Unified School District #4 Student/Parent Handbook 2020-2021 - Revision 1.2 Approved, August 19, 2020 - Grand Canyon ...
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Contents

Contents
The Asterix (*) indicates sections which are effected by the COVID-19 pandemic. See COVID-
19 Guide for 2020-2021 School Year for more information.

Contents .........................................................................................................................................i
Contact Directory .......................................................................................................................... 1
   School Office............................................................................................................................. 1
   District Office............................................................................................................................. 2
Athletics ........................................................................................................................................ 3
   Eligibility (No-Pass/No-Play) ..................................................................................................... 3
Attendance ................................................................................................................................... 3
   Excused Absences ................................................................................................................... 4
   Unexcused Absences ............................................................................................................... 4
   Prearranged Absences ............................................................................................................. 5
   Tardy Policies ........................................................................................................................... 5
   Leaving Campus during Lunch * ............................................................................................... 5
Bicycles ........................................................................................................................................ 5
Bullying (Policy JICK) ................................................................................................................... 6
   (A) Definitions: .......................................................................................................................... 6
Bus Procedures *.......................................................................................................................... 7
   Bus Change Requests .............................................................................................................. 7
   Bus Safety Rules ...................................................................................................................... 7
   Boarding the Bus * .................................................................................................................... 7
   Conduct on the Bus .................................................................................................................. 7
   Getting off the Bus .................................................................................................................... 8
   Prohibited from School Bus ...................................................................................................... 8
   Transporting Musical Instruments ............................................................................................. 8
   Bus Violation Report to Parents ................................................................................................ 8
   Late Bus .................................................................................................................................... 8
Cell Phone use and Electronic Devices (Policy IJNDB, IJNDB-R, IJNDB-E) ............................... 9

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Change of Address/Contact Information ...................................................................................... 9
Cheating/Plagiarism ..................................................................................................................... 9
Complaints (Policy KEB) ............................................................................................................ 10
Daily Schedule............................................................................................................................ 10
Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety........................................................................................ 10
Directory information .................................................................................................................. 11
Early Release days..................................................................................................................... 11
Fieldtrips *................................................................................................................................... 11
Food Sales ................................................................................................................................. 11
Food Service * ............................................................................................................................ 11
Graduation Requirements (Policy IKF) ....................................................................................... 12
     CPR Instruction and Training .................................................................................................. 13
     Seeking Opportunities for Academic Recruitment (SOAR) Program ...................................... 14
     Class Ranking/Grade Point Averages (Policy IKC-R)............................................................. 14
     Promotion Requirements ........................................................................................................ 15
Honor Roll................................................................................................................................... 15
     High School............................................................................................................................. 15
     Middle School ......................................................................................................................... 16
Health (*See COVID-19 Mitigation Plan) .................................................................................... 16
Library Hours and Use * ............................................................................................................. 16
Lockers *..................................................................................................................................... 16
Middle School Access to High School ........................................................................................ 17
Nondiscrimination (Policy AC) .................................................................................................... 17
Online Classes/Credit Recovery................................................................................................. 17
Parent Communication ............................................................................................................... 18
     Parent Teacher Association/Booster Club/Native American Education Committee ............... 18
     Parent Visits and Conferences * ............................................................................................. 19
Parking ....................................................................................................................................... 19
Public Displays of Affection ........................................................................................................ 19
Report Cards/Progress Reports ................................................................................................. 19
Student Safety ............................................................................................................................ 20
Sexual Harassment (Policy ACA) ............................................................................................... 20
Snow Day/School Cancellation .................................................................................................. 20

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   Snow Days/ Late Start ............................................................................................................ 21
Student Dress and Appearance (Policy JICA)............................................................................ 21
Student’s Personal Belongings................................................................................................... 22
Student Rights and Responsibilities (Policy JI, JI-R).................................................................. 22
Student Conduct (Policy JIC) ..................................................................................................... 23
Behavior Consequence Matrix ................................................................................................... 24
Student Concerns, Complaints, and Grievances (Policy JII-EB) ................................................ 26
Removal of Students from School Sponsored Activities (Policy JKDA) ..................................... 28
Threatening/Disrupting the Educational Institution - GCUSD ..................................................... 29
Tutoring/Zeros Aren’t Permitted (ZAP) *..................................................................................... 29
Volunteers * ............................................................................................................................... 29
Faculty and Staff Directory ......................................................................................................... 30
   District ..................................................................................................................................... 30
   Elementary .............................................................................................................................. 31
   Middle School ......................................................................................................................... 31
   High School............................................................................................................................. 31
2020-2021 School Calendar ....................................................................................................... 33
Revision History.......................................................................................................................... 35
GCUSD Student-Parent Handbook Acknowledgement of Receipt ............................................ 37

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Contact Directory

Contact Directory

School Office

Principal: Matthew Yost                  myost@grandcanyonschool.org
                                         928-638-2461 x 200

Exceptional Student Services Director:   klehman@grandcanyonschool.org
Dr. Karen Lehman                         928-638-2461 x 200

Dean of Students: Lori Rommel            lrommel@grandcanyonschool.org
                                         928-638-2461 x 200

Counselor: Susan Duthie                  sduthie@grandcanyonschool.org
                                         928-638-2461 x 200

ELL Coordinator/ Athletic Director:      cmoreno@grandcanyonschool.org
Cynthia Moreno                            928-638-2461 x 200

Food Service Director: Barb Shields      bshields@grandcanyonschool.org
                                         928-638-2461 x400

Maintenance & Transportation Director:   ilandry@grandcanyonschool.org
Ivan Landry                              928-638-2461 x 400

IT Director: Derrick Tutt                dtutt@grandcanyonschool.org
                                         928-638-2461 x 400

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Contact Directory

District Office

Superintendent: Dr. Shonny Bria           sbria@grandcanyonschool.org
                                          928-638-2461 x 400

Director of Programs: Thomas O'Connor     toconnor@grandcanyonschool.org
                                          928-638-2461 x 400

Acting Business Manager: Judi Beckerleg   jbeckerleg@grandcanyonschool.org
                                          928-638-2461 x 400

Accounts Specialist: Vickie Swatski       vswatski@grandcanyonschool.org
                                          928-638-2461 x 400

Grants Manager: Jonathan Triggs           jtriggs@grandcanyonschool.org
                                          928-638-2461 x 400

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Athletics

     Grand Canyon School Student Policies and Procedures
The Asterix (*) indicates sections which are effected by the COVID-19 pandemic. See COVID-
19 Guide for 2020-2021 School Year for more information.

This is a living guide. Because the information available on the Coronavirus, and the COVID-19
disease caused by the virus continues to evolve, the practices and procedures in this document
may be modified to reflect new information and guidance as they are received. Updates to this
guide will be posted prominently on the District’s web site.

Athletics
Students should consult the Athletic Handbook for information regarding Middle and High
School Athletic policies, procedures, and guidelines.

Eligibility (No-Pass/No-Play)
Grades will be checked at 1:00 p.m. each Monday by the Administration (Tuesday following a
Monday holiday). If a student is failing any class or is earning an incomplete (60% is passing, an
I is incomplete) that student will be ineligible for participation in extra-curricular activities until
1:00 p.m. the following Monday or until the “I” is cleared. Continuous progress is considered to
determine eligibility for A+ /Credit Recovery courses.

To regain eligibility the student must be passing all subjects. Once it is determined that a
student is ineligible, the student will be notified. Any student on the ineligible list may not travel
with the team, or dress with the team during home contests. If a student is declared ineligible
before a school holiday the student will remain ineligible until grades are checked after the
holiday period.

Attendance
Regular attendance is a significant factor in determining a student’s progress at school or
participating in distance learning. Distance learning students will be marked present after
completion of daily classwork. The importance of being in school or engaged online, is
emphasized by the compulsory attendance laws of the state of Arizona (ARS §15-802), which
require students of specified ages to attend school regularly. The superintendent/designee will
enforce school attendance laws.

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Attendance

Excused Absences
The following shall be considered excused absences:

    •   Students who are absent due to COVID-19 will not be penalized academically.
    •   A student who is temporarily ill or injured or whose absence is approved by the
        administrator of the school on a prearranged basis. Prearranged absences shall be
        approved for appointments or circumstances of a serious nature only and which cannot
        be taken care of outside of school hours.
    •   A student who is absent for an extended period due to physical, mental, or emotional
        disability.
    •   A student who is pursuing a work study program under the supervision of the school.
    •   A student who is attending any school-sponsored activities with advance approval by the
        administration.
    •   Other prearranged absences, but only when approved by the administration.
    •   A student who is suspended.

The District may require suitable proof regarding the above exceptions, including written
statements from medical sources. Students should bring parent or doctor notes, as applicable,
to the school office after any absence.

If a student is in an out of home placement (as defined by state law), absences due to court
appearances and participation in court ordered activities shall be excused.

Students will be allowed the number of days absent plus one school day to make-up work
missed. Teachers may make other arrangements with students to make-up missing work.

Unexcused Absences
An unexcused absence is defined as an absence from one or more class periods which has not
been excused by a parent according to the procedures listed below:

    •   The parents/guardians of the student receiving an unexcused absence shall be notified
        by phone, email, or automated message.
    •   In accordance with the law, the district may impose appropriate penalties that relate
        directly to classes missed while unexcused. Penalties may include a warning, school
        detention, or in-school suspension.
    •   Any student who has been absent from school for 10 consecutive days (ARS §15-901 A-
        1) in any one school year is considered unenrolled, and shall be reported to the
        Department of Education by the school.
    •   “A child who is habitually truant or who has excessive absences may be adjudicated an
        incorrigible child as defined in section 8-201. Absences may be considered excessive
        when the number of absent days exceeds ten percent of the number of required

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Bicycles

       attendance days prescribed in section 15-802, subsection B, paragraph 1” (ARS§15-803
       B).

Prearranged Absences
If your student is going to be absent, parent/guardian is responsible for notifying the school
administration before the absence.

   •   The absence must be reported by phone, by email, or in person.
   •   Prearranged school sponsored field trips and early departure of athletic teams shall not
       be considered an absence.
   •   Failure to notify the school will result in an unexcused absence.

Tardy Policies
   •   Students are considered tardy if they are not in the classroom at the designated start
       time for class.
   •   All tardies are considered unexcused with the exception of a tardy resulting from a
       medical or legal appointment or if the student has a school authorized pass.
   •   After two tardies in any one class during a week, or four tardies in any one class during a
       semester, the teacher will contact parents.
   •   Excessive tardiness interferes with student learning. A letter may be sent home
       requesting a conference with the parents, teacher, and the principal.
   •   Students who come to class ten or more minutes after the designated start time without
       a pass may be subject to disciplinary action.
   •   Students who repeatedly return late from lunch will be required to stay on campus for
       lunch.
   •   If students are being checked out or arriving late to campus, they must have a parent
       sign them in/out at the office.

Leaving Campus during Lunch *
   •   High school students are not allowed to leave campus during lunchtime.

Bicycles
Bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, unicycles, wheeled shoes, and scooters are not to be ridden
on school property or brought into school buildings between 7:50 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Bicycle
racks are furnished for the convenience of the students who want to ride their bikes to school.
Every bicycle rider is responsible for properly parking his/her bicycle in the rack area and
locking it securely. The school does not assume the risk for damage or theft of bicycles or other
personal property brought to school.

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Bullying (Policy JICK)

Bullying (Policy JICK)

(A) Definitions:
Bully. A person who treats someone differently because of who they are. A bully acts with the
desire to hurt, threaten or frighten someone. A bully tries to exert power over others, through
negative and demeaning acts.

Bullying is a deliberate or knowing act committed by a student, whether individually or in
concert with other persons, against another student or group of students, which is unwelcomed
and unprovoked, that is repeated over time to exert power by one (1) or more persons over
others. Bullying contributes to a substantial risk of potential injury, mental harm, degradation, or
societal ostracization or causes physical injury, mental harm, or personal degradation.

Intimidation. Verbal or physical threats toward another person made with the intent to inflict
fear, injury or damage to property. Intimidation can be manifested emotionally or physically,
either directly or indirectly, and by use of social media.

Harassment. The continual or repeated annoyance or humiliation of another person.
Harassment towards an individual or group that is based on race, ethnicity, national origin,
color, gender, religion, physical or behavioral characteristics, sexual orientation/preference
and/or disability is also discrimination.

Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is, but not limited to, any act of bullying committed by use of
electronic technology or electronic communication devices, including telephonic devices, social
networking and other internet communications, on school computers, networks, forums and
mailing lists, or other District-owned property, and by means of an individual’s personal
electronic media and equipment.

Types of prohibited bullying behavior include, but are not limited to:

    •   Intimidation/threatening behavior
    •   Any form of physical abuse, e.g., punching, kicking
    •   Verbal abuse - shouting at, insulting, “putting down”
    •   Psychological abuse - isolating an individual, preventing them from becoming
        part of a group or involved in certain activities
    •   Writing anonymous letters or spreading rumors that are designed to upset
    •   Demanding money
    •   Demanding coursework to copy against a person’s will
    •   Stealing, hiding or damaging belongings, e.g., books, clothing, bags
    •   Teasing people about their physical appearance or other personal characteristics
    •   Sending intimidating or threatening e-mail or text messages

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Bus Procedures *

Bullying in any form is not tolerated at Grand Canyon School. All incidents of bullying will be
reported to the administration for further disciplinary action.

Bus Procedures *

Bus Change Requests
Any change to your child’s bus stop or route must be requested by the legal guardian. The front
office must be notified by 1:00 p.m. of any travel change requests to ensure that proper
notification can be made to the student, teacher(s), and bus driver(s). Permanent change
requests must be submitted in writing, along with proof of residency.

Bus Safety Rules
    Waiting for the Bus
       (see COVID-19 Guide for updated procedures)

   •     Be at your bus stop 5 minutes before the bus arrives
   •     Stand a safe distance from the roadway while waiting
   •     Stay clear of the bus until it has come to a complete stop
   •     When the bus approaches, get in line
   •     Families will board the bus together in order to be seated together
   •     Let smaller children board first

Boarding the Bus *
   •     An aide will be present to take the temperature of the students
            o If students are showing symptoms, they will be asked to not come to school.
            o A van will be provided to take students back home.
   •     Go up the steps one at a time
   •     Never crowd or push
   •     Go directly to your seat

Conduct on the Bus
   •     Remain seated and quiet while the bus is in motion
   •     Keep hands, feet, arms, head, and objects inside the bus at all times
   •     Never throw objects while on the bus
   •     No open food or drink on the bus
   •     No loud or vulgar language
   •     Keep the bus clean and aisles clear

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Bus Procedures *

    •   Ask the driver for permission before opening windows
    •   Refrain from damaging any part of the bus in any way
    •   Be courteous to the driver, other riders, and passers-by
    •   Refrain from talking to the driver while the bus is in motion
    •   Remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop

Getting off the Bus
    •   Those sitting closest to the door get off first
    •   No pushing or crowding
    •   Be careful not to catch or snag clothing or other items when exiting
    •   Move away from the bus as soon as you get off
    •   Do not return to the bus unless you receive permission from the bus driver

Prohibited from School Bus
    •   Any child suspected of having COVID-19
    •   Guests are not allowed to ride any buses without permission
    •   Dangerous objects including but not limited to knives, lighters, explosives, stink bombs,
        fireworks, etc.
    •   Tobacco or nicotine in any form, e-cigarettes (vapors), alcohol, drugs, etc.
    •   Glass containers
    •   Live animals, insects, or reptiles (with the exception for service animals)

Transporting Musical Instruments
    •   All instruments carried by students should be under their control at all times; secured in
        student lap, placed between seats, or in a vacant seat
    •   Instruments should not block the walkways or occupy the driver’s compartment,
        stairwell, emergency exits, or needed seating space

Bus Violation Report to Parents
The bus driver will issue incident reports as appropriate. Repeated incident reports for behavior
will lead to the loss of bus riding privileges. Students who refuse to obey the directions of the
bus driver promptly or refuse to obey bus safety rules shall forfeit their right to ride any Grand
Canyon School bus.

Late Bus
There will be NO late bus this year.

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Cell Phone use and Electronic Devices (Policy IJNDB, IJNDB-R, IJNDB-E)

Cell Phone use and Electronic Devices (Policy
IJNDB, IJNDB-R, IJNDB-E)
Cell phones and electronic devices of any kind are not to be used during class time. Personal
electronic devices should be turned off or put into silent mode throughout the school day. If
confiscated, parents may be called to pick-up the device. Repeated incidents will result in
greater consequences. Students are allowed to use cell phones and electronic devices before
school, during lunch, after school and in classrooms only at the discretion of the instructor.

       iPads, Chromebooks, and all electronic devices brought to the school or issued
       by the school are for educational use only. Any violation of this rule may result in
       confiscation of the device, and it will be returned to the parent/guardian at the
       discretion of the school (unless the device is issued by the school and the school
       chooses to retain the device).

The district developed a Handbook for “District Owned Devices at School and at Home.” The
Handbook was Board approved on January 23, 2016. The privilege of using district-owned
devices at home and at school, provides opportunities to learn safe, ethical and responsible use
of technology. The Handbook, along with technology policies and procedures/liability and use
agreements, can be located in the District Policies and Procedures Manual. All students who
are assigned equipment to access the Internet, District’s network and electronic resources are
required to sign the GCUSD Student/Parent District Owned Device Agreement found in the
Handbook.

Change of Address/Contact Information
All changes of address need to be reported to the office immediately. Proof of residency must
be provided. If any contact information changes anytime during the school year, it must be
reported to the school office. (A.R.S. §15-802)

Cheating/Plagiarism
Cheating/plagiarism will not be tolerated. To help students learn what plagiarism is, GCUSD has
invested in a computer program called “Turn-It-In”, which assesses the percentage of quoted,
paraphrased, and original material. Using the program allows students to correct any possible
“coincidences” between the students work and published material. Any student caught cheating
or plagiarizing will be referred to the office for disciplinary action, which may include any or all of
the following:

   •   Redoing the assignment, working an alternate assignment
   •   Retaking the test, retaking an alternate test
   •   Receiving an automatic zero for the assignment or test

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Complaints (Policy KEB)

     •   Notification to parents by the teacher
     •   A required meeting between student, parent, and teacher

All K-12 students enrolled in GCUSD are provided guidance in academic integrity and
plagiarism. This includes:

     •   Cheating on assignments and tests
     •   Academic deceit (fabricating data, information or lying)
     •   In appropriate collaboration
     •   Falsifying academic records (receiving credit for work not completed)
     •   Defining plagiarism (taking someone else’s ideas, words or work and presenting them as
         their own)

This type of behavior is unacceptable and any student who is found to have participated in such
behavior will be disciplined per District Policy JKRA.

Complaints (Policy KEB)
If you or your parent/guardian have a complaint about your teacher, coaches, or other school
staff, you may take the complaint directly to that person or contact the Principal. At Grand
Canyon School we trust that our employees will maintain the highest levels of professionalism.

Daily Schedule
Grand Canyon Unified School District is on a four-day schedule, Monday-Thursday. Times are
as follows: (All students report to the first period class. Breakfast will be served in the
classrooms.)

         K-5    7:50 am to 3:53 p.m.
         6-8    7:50 am to 3:58 p.m.
         HS     7:50 am to 3:58 p.m.

Afternoon buses will depart at 4:10 p.m.

Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety
The School District has developed digital citizenship guidelines to assist students in responsible
use of digital equipment. The guidelines include:

     •   Accidental access to inappropriate material
     •   Protection of personal identity
     •   Suggested long term/permanent impact of electronically posted information

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Directory information

    •   Understanding of intellectual property and copyright laws
    •   Internet protocol

Student should consult the Grand Canyon School District Owned Devices at School and at
Home for Student Learning Student and Parent Handbook.

Directory information
The Grand Canyon School District makes directory information available in accordance with
state and federal laws. This may mean that a student’s name, address, telephone number, date
and place of birth, school grade, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight
and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, awards received, and previous
schools attended may be made available to specified agencies.

Upon written request from the parent/guardian of a student age 17 or younger, the district will
withhold student directory information. If a student is age 18 or older and makes a written
request, the student’s request to deny access to their directory information will be honored.

The following agencies may be the recipient of directory information: armed services recruiting
officers, police or probation officers, representatives of the news media, employers or
prospective employers, federal, state, and local government, non-profit youth organizations and
schools.

Early Release days
Release time is 12:38 pm for all students. In most cases, you will have advance notice.

Fieldtrips *
Fieldtrips for this school year will be virtual.

Food Sales
No food sales are allowed during school hours other than those provided through the school
food service program or approved by the superintendent/designee.

Food Service *
All students in grades PreK-12 have access to our Breakfast and Lunch programs. Families are
encouraged to complete the Free and Reduced form when enrolling. Breakfast and lunch will

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Graduation Requirements (Policy IKF)

be served in classrooms or outside, weather permitting. Students will not meet in the MPR for
meals for this school year. The costs of Breakfast and Lunch will remain the same for this
school as approved by our school board. Breakfast price is $1.15, Lunch $3.00. Reduced price
for Breakfast is $.30, Lunch $.40.

Graduation Requirements (Policy IKF)
Students must earn a minimum of 24 credits to receive a diploma and participate in
commencement exercises. Effective with the class of 2022, students will need 26 credits to
graduate as per a board policy change in 2018.

       (High school students must complete a minimum of forty (40) hours of community
       service during grades nine (9) through twelve (12) to graduate with a regular diploma
       and to participate in graduation exercises. This community service requirement must be
       completed by May 1st of the year during which the student intends to graduate.

If this requirement is not met by this date, the diploma will be awarded upon completion of the
community service hours. The student will not be allowed to participate in graduation
exercises. Forms for documentation of the community service hours are available from
the Counselor and must be submitted to the Counselor.

           English                                                                         4.0 credits

           Science                                                                         3.0 credits
              Three credits of science in preparation for proficiency at the high school

              level on the AIMS test (Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry).

              We highly recommend 4 years of Science.

           Mathematics                                                                     4.0 credits
              Math courses shall consist of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II (or its

              equivalent) and an additional course with significant math content.

           Social Studies                                                                  3.0 credits
              Shall consist of one credit of American History (including Az history),

              one credit of World History/Geography, one-half credit of American

              government (including Az government), and one-half credit of Economics.

           Fine Arts                                                                       1.0 credit
              Courses include Draw/Paint, HS Band, Publications, Music.

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Graduation Requirements (Policy IKF)

           Career/Technical Education                                                              1.0 credit
               Career Explorations (taken Freshman year), Culinary Arts, Videography I & II.

           Physical Education/Health                                                               1.0 credit
               One high school PE/Health class (usually taken Freshman year).

           Electives (9 Electives starting with 2022 graduates)                                    7.0 credits
               (2 Years [of same] Foreign Language may be required by colleges and universities)

           Total (26 Total starting with 2022 graduates)                                       24.0 credits

In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the American Civics Act (House Bill 2064). This bill will
require students, beginning with the graduating class of 2017, to pass a Civics Test based on
the United States Immigration and Naturalization civics questions. Students will be required to
score 60% or higher in order to graduate from high school or obtain a high school
equivalency certificate. The Civics Test will be studied for and given in the Government Class
taken the student’s senior year.

On February 25, 2008 the Arizona State Board of Education approved R7-2-302.05, an
Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) for all Arizona students grades 9-12. An ECAP
reflects a student’s current plan of coursework, career aspirations, and extended learning
opportunities in order to develop the student’s individual academic, career goals and
postsecondary plans. At Grand Canyon HIgh School we begin the ECAP with 9th graders
taking a Career Exploration class. Thereafter, the Counselor will meet with students twice
each term as a class to monitor, review, and update your Education and Career Action Plan
(ECAP).

It is the responsibility of the student to complete any online course in order to receive credit.
Grades for online courses become part of their official transcript.

CPR Instruction and Training
School districts and charter schools shall provide public schools pupils with one (1) or more
training sessions in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, through the use of psychomotor skills in an
age-appropriate manner, during high school. (Note: CPR instruction and training is required to
be provided no later than July 1, 2019.) ARS 15-718.01

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Graduation Requirements (Policy IKF)

Seeking Opportunities for Academic Recruitment (SOAR)
Program
This is, a school-to-work credit program designed to introduce students to careers in the
National Park Service, will not be available this year.

Class Ranking/Grade Point Averages (Policy IKC-R)
Class rank shall be determined as follows:

     •   The class ranking of each student will be determined each semester, beginning with the
         first (1st) Semester of the ninth (9th) grade.
     •   Accumulation of total grade points will begin with the ninth (9th) grade. These points will
         be divided by the total units attempted to produce the cumulative grade point average
         (GPA). Students will then be ranked according to GPA.
     •   Advanced Placement and Dual Credit Courses will be weighted on a 5.00 scale.

The student having the highest GPA will be named valedictorian (in case of a tie, students will
be named co-valedictorians). The student having the second highest GPA will be named
salutatorian. In case of a tie for salutatorian, students will be named co-salutatorians. The
cumulative grade point average as of May 1 will be used to determine valedictorian and
salutatorian. The recipients will be announced by the principal during the high school awards
ceremony. If there is not a ceremony, the announcement will be made by the end of May.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian candidates must be enrolled in the Grand Canyon Unified
School District for the last four (4) semesters of their high school years.

Grades will be weighted in accordance with the following structure:

                Standard Courses                     AP and Dual-Credit Courses

                       A=4.0                                A=5.0
                       B=3.0                                B=4.0
                       C=2.0                                C=3.0
                       D=1.0                                D=2.0
                       F=0.0                                F=0.0

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Honor Roll

       The Valedictorian and Salutatorian must complete the following core curriculum
       requirements:

           Four (4) years      English
           Four (4) years      Mathematics (beginning with Algebra 1)
           Three (3) years     Lab Science
           Three (3) years     Social Studies
           Two (2) years       Foreign Language (must be in the same language)
           One (1) year        Fine Arts or Career/Technical Education

       Students who have been long-term suspended or expelled for conduct-related
       reasons will not be eligible for selection as valedictorian or salutatorian.

       Class Standing Requirements:

           Freshman        0 credits

           Sophomore       6 credits

           Junior         12 credits

           Senior         18 credits

Promotion Requirements
Students must complete and pass all subjects in 8th grade to participate in promotion exercises.
Administration has the right to review all situations concerning this on a case-by-case basis.
Students who have been long-term suspended or expelled would not be eligible for 8th grade
promotion exercises.

Honor Roll

High School
   •   Grand Canyon Scholar
          o This award is given to a graduating senior who earned a 3.5 GPA or higher in
             every semester of high school.
   •   High Honor Roll
          o This award is given to any high school student who has earned a cumulative
             GPA of 3.5 or higher
   •   Honor Roll

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            o   This award is given to any student in high school that has earned a cumulative
                GPA of 3.0-3.4

Middle School
     •   High Honor Roll
            o This award is given to any middle school student who has earned a cumulative
               GPA of 3.5 or higher
     •   Honor Roll
            o This award is given to any student in middle school that has earned a cumulative
               GPA of 3.0-3.4

Health (*See COVID-19 Mitigation Plan)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these everyday
preventative actions to stop the spread of germs and help reduce the spread of flu in schools:

     •   Keep a student at home when sick until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a
         fever or signs of a fever (chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance, or sweating)
         without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
     •   Encourage students, parents, and staff to get a yearly flu vaccine.
     •   Report to the school office immediately upon discovery, any contagious disease such as
         mumps, measles, or chickenpox.

In case of illness or accident at school, school personnel will administer minor first aid. For
serious accidents or injuries, parents will be notified and emergency services will be called if
appropriate. Please remember that school personnel cannot diagnose illnesses or injuries.

If a student needs to take prescription drugs or other medication during school hours, an
authorized school official must administer the medication, which must be stored in the health
office. An updated Medication Administration Form must be completed every school year.

Library Hours and Use *
Use of library books and materials will be done according to safety guidelines provided by the
CDC.

Lockers *
Lockers will not be used this school year

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Middle School Access to High School

Middle School Access to High School
Middle School students are not allowed in the High School building except under the
supervision of a teacher or to attend assigned classes. Middle School students must use the
entry and exit doors assigned to them.

Nondiscrimination (Policy AC)
The Grand Canyon Unified School District is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in
relation to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin and disability, in admission and access
to its programs, services, activities, or in any aspect of their operations and provides equal
access to the Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts and other designated youth groups. Anyone who has an
allegation or discrimination complaint should contact the following compliance officer:

                                Dr. Shonny Bria, Superintendent
                                100 Boulder Street, PO Box 519
                                Grand Canyon, AZ 86023-0519
                                      (928) 638-2461 x400

A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the
vocational education programs, regular school curricula, or co-curricular/extracurricular activities
of the school.

Any person, who believes they may have been discriminated against for any reason, including
Title IX and section 504 reasons, may make a formal complaint in writing by contacting the
school Superintendent at the address listed above.

Online Classes/Credit Recovery
Grand Canyon School is proud to offer this year, a robust and comprehensive online learning
program for students in grades PreK-12. Students will have an opportunity to learn online using
a school issued Chromebook or iPad, utilizing a variety of platforms such as Google Classroom,
teacher videos, and USB drives for students who do not have quality access to the internet.

Online classes are offered in our A+ Lab for students to take a variety of classes that are not
otherwise available through our regular curriculum. Grades for online classes are automatically
calculated by their individual programs and will be entered into PowerSchool by the teacher of
record.

After completion of the first eight (8) days of an online course the student will be fully enrolled in
the course. This eight (8) day period allows ample time for the student to familiarize
herself/himself to the course and to make sure that she/he is comfortable with the technology of
on-line learning and that she/he is capable of successfully mastering the content of the course.

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Parent Communication

NOTE: For the purpose of this regulation, the date for “first eight (8) school days” refers
to the eighth (8th) school day after a student first successfully logs-in to an online
course.

A student may request withdrawal from her/his online course within the first eight (8) school
days as stated above. This withdrawal will be without penalty to the student’s transcripts or
GPA.

Students who fail a core class (i.e. English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science) will be
placed in the appropriate online class or retake the class the following year to recover the credit
needed for graduation.

Parent Communication
School information for parents include various avenues of access:

     •   School website
     •   Automated communications
     •   Office bulletin boards
     •   E-mail
     •   Send-home Flyers
     •   Class newsletters from teachers

The school calendar provided by the District is updated regularly to keep parents informed. The
2020-2021 School Calendar is provided on the back in this Handbook. Parent meetings will be
scheduled throughout the year via online or socially distanced methods, wherein parents will
have the opportunity to learn more about the school, curriculum, student achievement, and
other aspects of their student’s education. These meetings will provide parents with an
opportunity to ask the administration, teachers, and other school personnel about what is
happening within the school community.

Parent Teacher Association/Booster Club/Native American
Education Committee
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Booster Club, and Native American Education
Committee (NAEC) all support Grand Canyon School and Students. Meetings for the 2020-
2021 school year will be announced by these groups individually and will be available on the
school website. Anyone interested in supporting these groups and the education of students are
invited to attend.

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Parking

Parent Visits and Conferences *
Due to COVID-19, Parents and Guardians will have to schedule meetings virtually or
telephonically.

Formal parent/teacher conferences will be held two times a school year. The dates for these
conferences are posted on the school website providing time, date, and location and on the
school calendar. These conferences will be virtual or telephonic.

Parking
Students may only park in the lot between the high school building and the church. Students
who do not use the parking lot appropriately may lose the privilege of parking on campus. All
vehicles parked on school property may be subject to search by school and/or law enforcement
officials if there is probable cause to do so.

All students who drive to school must provide to the office a copy of the following
documentation:

   •   Driver’s License
   •   Proof of Insurance
   •   Vehicle Registration(s)

Public Displays of Affection
The school recognizes that genuine feelings of affection may exist between students; however,
students should refrain from inappropriate and intimate behaviors on campus or at school
related events. Public displays of affection deemed inappropriate by public standards include
prolonged kissing, touching, fondling, etc. Failure to abide by school guidelines may result in
disciplinary actions. Physical distancing is required by all students when possible.

Report Cards/Progress Reports
Progress reports will be sent midway through each quarter, and at the end of the first and third
quarters. Report cards will be sent at the end of each semester. Any student who has a failing
grade at any one of these reporting intervals will have their parent/guardian contacted by the
teacher. Grades will be required for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Student Safety

Student Safety
All Grand Canyon Unified School District property, facilities, buses, bus stops, and activities are
drug-free, tobacco-free, and weapon-free zones.

No student shall go onto school premises with a firearm, explosive, knife, or any other
dangerous or illegal weapon (including simulated weapons such as toy guns). Any student
violating this policy can be subject to suspension, expulsion, or other disciplinary or legal action.

Students are not to be on school grounds or in any school facility prior to 7:40 a.m. or after
dismissal without permission from a parent/guardian or school official.

All visitors must wear a mask, wash/disinfect their hands, and sign in at the front office. Physical
distancing will also be required with the front office staff.

Besides a parent, students may only be released to a person whose name is listed as an
emergency contact on the student’s enrollment form, and who is at least 18 years of age with a
valid ID. Teachers will not release students unless it is cleared through the school office.

Use the front of the school (i.e., Boulder Street) when dropping off/picking up a student.
We will be changing the area in front of the school in order to allow for physical distancing and
for temperature readings. A staff member will be assigned to greet each student and see that
this process is done safely.

Sexual Harassment (Policy ACA)
All individuals associated with Grand Canyon Unified School District #4, including but not limited
to, the Governing Board, administration, staff, and students are expected to conduct themselves
at all times so as to provide an atmosphere free from sexual harassment. Sexual Harassment
includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical
conduct of a sexual nature when made by a member of the above mentioned to a student, staff
member, or when made by a student to another student. All matters involving sexual
harassment complaints will remain as confidential as possible.

Snow Day/School Cancellation
If a delay is deemed necessary, school and bus schedules will be altered. Every attempt will be
made to inform parents and students of the schedule changes. School delays or cancellations
will be reported/updated via the following:

     •   KNAU
     •   School website
     •   School Phone System

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Student Dress and Appearance (Policy JICA)

   •   Automated E-mail, text, and phone call “blast” (unless opted out)

If necessary, make-up days will be added to the school calendar. If additional days are required,
they may be added at the end of the school year.

Snow Days/ Late Start
Normally occurs when weather or road conditions exists where roads will improve as
the morning progresses. Two types of late starts, a 2-hour delay which is the
recommended schedule and for extreme weather a 3-hour late start. If this situation
occurs, we will advise on the morning of.

Student Dress and Appearance (Policy JICA)
Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with
an effective learning environment. Wearing clothing which is disruptive, provocative, revealing,
profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene, or which endangers the health or safety of the student or
others is prohibited. Footwear must be worn at all times. Examples of prohibited dress or
appearance include, but are not limited to:

   •   Exposed undergarments
   •   Sagging pants
   •   Excessively short or tight garments – the length of a skirt, dress, shorts, or skorts must
       be to the longest fingertips when the student’s hand is fully extended down the side of
       the student’s leg
   •   See-through clothing
   •   Attire that exposes cleavage or midriff
   •   Strapless shirts and/or spaghetti straps
   •   Attire with messages or illustrations that are lewd, indecent or vulgar or that advertise
       any product or service not permitted by law to minors
   •   Any adornment such as chains, spikes, or fishhooks, that reasonably could be perceived
       as or used as a weapon
   •   Any symbols, styles or attire that disrupts the academic environment

As a general rule: Dress for success. If in doubt, do not wear it. A student with
inappropriate clothing will be sent to the office and expected to change. Parents must bring
appropriate clothing before the student will be allowed to return to regular classes. Any student
who repeatedly violates this policy may be suspended.

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Student’s Personal Belongings

Student’s Personal Belongings
Please place your name on such items as coats, lunch pails, etc. Students may not bring items
to school that are disruptive to learning. This may include but is not limited to toys, video games,
personal electronic devices, etc. These items may be confiscated if brought and will only be
returned to the parent. Lost and found is located inside the high school office. Students are
discouraged from bringing valuables to school; he/she will be responsible for their safekeeping.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (Policy JI, JI-R)
All students are entitled to enjoy the basic rights of citizenship that are recognized and protected
by laws of this country and state for persons of their age and maturity. Each student is obligated
to respect the rights of classmates, teachers, and other school personnel. District schools shall
foster a climate of mutual respect for the rights of others. Such environments will enhance both
the educational purpose for which the district exists and the educational program designed to
achieve that purpose.

All district personnel shall recognize and respect the rights of students, just as all students shall
exercise their rights responsibly, with due regard for the equal rights of others and in compliance
with the rules and regulations established for the orderly conduct of the educational mission of
the district. Students who violate the rights of others or who violate rules and regulations of the
district or of the school are subject to appropriate disciplinary measures.

The following basic guidelines of rights and responsibilities shall not be construed to be all-
inclusive, nor shall it in any way diminish the legal authority of school officials and the Governing
Board to deal with disruptive students.

     Rights
     •   Students have the right to a meaningful education that will be of value to them for the
         rest of their lives.
     •   Students have the right to a meaningful curriculum and the right to voice their opinions,
         through representatives of the student government, in the development of such a
         curriculum.
     •   Students have the right to physical safety, safe buildings and sanitary facilities.
     •   Students have the right to consultation with teachers, counselors, administrators, and
         anyone else connected with the school if they so desire, without fear of reprisal.
     •   Students have the right to best practices used by instructors including differential
         instruction in an environment that is supportive and challenging.

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Student Conduct (Policy JIC)

    Responsibilities
   •   Students have the responsibility to respect the rights of all persons involved in the
       educational process and to exercise the highest degree of self-discipline in observing
       and adhering to school rules and regulations.
   •   Students have the responsibility to protect school property, equipment, books, and other
       materials issued to or used by them in the instructional process; students will be held
       financially responsible for any loss or intentional damage caused to school property.
   •   Students have the responsibility to complete all course assignments to the best of their
       ability and to complete make-up work after an absence.
   •   Students have the responsibility to help maintain the cleanliness and safety of the school
       buildings and property.
   •   Students have the responsibility to present themselves in class at the prescribed time
       and with the necessary materials.

Student Conduct (Policy JIC)
Rules and disciplinary procedures exist to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone at
Grand Canyon School and create an ideal environment for learning. Respect for self, others,
and the pursuit of knowledge is the rule in all situations.

Students are expected to obey all rules and regulations adopted by the Governing Board and to
obey any order given by a member of the faculty or staff relating to school activities. Students
shall not engage in improper behavior, including but not limited to the following:

   •   Any conduct intended to obstruct, disrupt, or interfere with teaching, research, service,
       administrative or disciplinary functions, or any activity sponsored or approved by the
       Board.
   •   Physical abuse of or threat of harm to any person on district owned or controlled
       property or at district sponsored or supervised functions.
   •   Damage or threat of damage to property of the district, regardless of the location or to
       property of a member of the community or a visitor to the school when such property is
       located on district controlled premises.
   •   Forceful or unauthorized entry to or occupation of district facilities including both
       buildings and grounds.
   •   Unlawful use, possession, distribution, or sale of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs or other
       illegal contraband on district property or at school sponsored functions.
   •   Conduct or speech that violates commonly accepted standards of the District and that,
       under the circumstances, has no redeeming social value.
   •   Failure to comply with the lawful directions of District officials or any other law
       enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and failure to identify
       themselves to such officials or officers when lawfully requested to do so.

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Behavior Consequence Matrix

     •   Knowingly committing a violation of district rules and regulations, proof that an alleged
         violator has reasonable opportunity to become aware of such rules and regulations shall
         be sufficient proof that the violation was done knowingly.
     •   Engaging in any conduct constituting a breach of any federal, state, or city law or duly
         adopted policy of the board.
     •   Harassment is not allowed in any form, specifically no student, teacher, staff, or other
         person under Grand Canyon School supervision may discriminate against another
         person or single him/her out for mistreatment based on race, religion, nationality, sex,
         age, or handicap condition.
     •   No person may possess the following items on school/district property, in any
         school/district vehicle or at any school/district sponsored event/activity; tobacco, alcohol,
         illegal drugs, intoxicants, fireworks, weapons or fake weapons, gang paraphernalia, or
         other items that represent a direct or indirect threat to the health, safety, or education of
         students, faculty, staff, or Grand Canyon School guests/visitors.
     •   Harassment as defined in Governing Board Policy - JICK; as “intentional behavior by a
         student or group of students that is disturbing or threatening to another student or group
         of students. Intentional behaviors that characterize harassment include, but are not
         limited to; stalking, hazing, social exclusion, name calling, unwanted physical contact,
         and unwelcome verbal or written comments, photographs and graphics”.
     •   Any alcohol, drugs/drug paraphernalia, weapons or fake weapons, or other items that
         represent a direct or indirect threat to the health, safety, or education of students, faculty,
         staff, or Grand Canyon School guests/visitors found in a vehicle on school grounds
         Grand Canyon School Administration reserves the right to revoke the parking privileges
         of the individual owning and/or operating the vehicle.

         In addition to the general rules set forth above, students shall be expected to
         obey all policies and regulations focusing on student conduct adopted by the
         Governing Board. Students shall not engage in any activities prohibited herein,
         nor shall they refuse to obey any order given by a member of the faculty or staff
         who is attempting to maintain public order. Any student who violates these
         policies and regulations may be subject to discipline up to expulsion, in addition
         to other civil and criminal prosecution. These punishments may be in addition to
         any customary discipline that the district presently dispenses. Local law
         enforcement will be contacted by school administration regarding any suspected
         crime against a person or property that is a serious offense, involves a deadly
         weapon or dangerous instrument or that could pose a threat of death or serious
         injury to employees, students, or others on school property.

Behavior Consequence Matrix
The Behavior Consequence Matrix has been developed for students to learn in an atmosphere
that is safe, conducive to the learning process, and free from unnecessary disruptions.

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